A Very Busy Weekend for The Racer's Group Watkins Glen, NY and Indianapolis, IN -- June 18, 2004 Having just finished a grueling two-week stretch split between Germany and France, the two teams of The Racer's Group returned home to the United...
A Very Busy Weekend for The Racer's Group
Watkins Glen, NY and Indianapolis, IN -- June 18, 2004
Having just finished a grueling two-week stretch split between Germany and France, the two teams of The Racer's Group returned home to the United States this week, regrouped, and descended on Indianapolis, Indiana and Watkins Glen, New York, for a busy weekend of racing featuring eight cars in three events.
The TRG Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series racing team will campaign three cars in two classes at this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen, with an SGS-class car entered alongside the team's familiar GT-class 911 GT3 RS's. Longtime TRG friends David Master, Paul Schroeder and Jason Choulochas will drive the #65 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, marking the maiden Grand-Am run for each of them.
Familiar faces RJ Valentine, Chris Gleason and Ian James will pilot the #66 F1 Air/Gleason Agency Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the GT class of the race, with Bohdan Kroczek returning to team with Liz Halliday and team owner Kevin Buckler in the #67 TRG Porsche. Valentine, James and Gleason, who finished the recent Six Hours of Mont Tremblant second in class, are currently tied for third place in the GT driver's championship.
In today's first practice sessions for the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, the two GT-class Porsches of TRG went 2nd and 4th fastest in class, split by the factory BMW, which went fastest in class, and a Ferrari 360GT. The #65 SGS-class Porsche went 11th quickest in class, as the track temperatures rose and slowed the cars in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, the ALMS regular crew has its hands full campaigning five GT3 Cup cars on behalf of TRG's customers in the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the foremost support series for Formula One. In the series, a total of 24 identically prepared Porsche GT3 Cup Cars race two sprint races, with a 40-minute, wheel banging, paint scraping race taking place both Saturday and Sunday. Famed as being one of the most intense and action-packed race series in the world, the Supercup races will feature only seven American-entered cars, five of which The Racer's Group is proud to run.
Team owner Kevin Buckler commented on recent events and the upcoming meta-weekend of racing. "We had such a great run at Le Mans," he said, "but as they say, 'no rest for the weary.' We've got an extremely challenging weekend coming up, but we relish the opportunity. I'm proud of our new SGS effort, and the drivers of those cars are very excited to get their heels into this race."
"The Supercup races present a unique challenge for us," he elaborated. "Normally, we focus on preparing and running a maximum of three cars for an endurance race, but the Supercup format is drastically different. The races -- there are two of them - don't have pitstops, and you only get four sets of tires for each car for the weekend, so on the surface it's a lot less work for the crew. In reality, however, these are very competitive races, and our guys face a new challenge setting up these Cup Cars for a track that none of us are familiar with. The five guys that are racing there are in for a treat. To race in front of 200,000 people, in support of the U.S. Grand Prix, at perhaps the most famous race track in North America-- well, we're all thrilled and honored to be taking part."
The Grand-Am Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen will be broadcast live on Speed Channel from 11:00am -- 12:30pm and 3:00pm -5:30pm on Sunday, June 20.